Marcus DeSieno is a lens-based artist and educator who is interested in how the advancement of photographic technology has changed our relationship to the natural world. DeSieno often combines antiquated and obsolescent photographic processes with contemporary imaging technologies in his work to engage in a critical dialog on the evolution of the photographic medium in relation to seeing. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida and is currently the assistant professor of photography at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
DeSieno also serves on the board of directors for the In-Sight Photography Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to communicate their unique personal visions through photography, guided by respect for individuals, communities, and cultures. Through classes and programming carried out regardless of the students' ability to pay, In-Sight offers teens a creative voice and outlet, an opportunity to experience success, and the tools for self-awareness and self-worth.
DeSieno's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Aperture Foundation, the International Center for Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography, Candela Gallery, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Rayko Photo Center, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and various other galleries and museums. His work has also been featured in a variety of publications including The Boston Globe, FeatureShoot, GUP Magazine, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, National Geographic's Proof, PDN, Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, and Wired. DeSieno was recently named a selection for Photolucida's Critical Mass 50 and an Emerging Talent by Lensculture for 2016. His first monograph, No Man's Land: Views From a Surveillance State, will be published by Daylight Books in the spring of 2018.